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/ bɪn /
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noun
a box or enclosed place for storing grain, coal, or the like.
verb (used with object), binned, bin·ning.
to store in a bin.
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Origin of bin

before 950; Middle English binne,Old English binn(e) crib, perhaps <Celtic; compare Welsh benn cart

OTHER WORDS FROM bin

un·binned, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH bin

bean, been, Ben, bin

Other definitions for bin (2 of 2)

bin-

a combining form meaning “two,” “two at a time,” used in the formation of compound words: binary; binocular.
Compare bi-1.

Origin of bin-

Combining form of Latin bīnī two each, by twos
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WORDS THAT USE BIN-

What does bin- mean?

Bin– is a combining form used like a prefix, and it means “two” or “two at a time.” While it appears in a variety of scientific terms, it’s also easily recognizable in everyday terms.

Bin– comes from the Latin bīnī, meaning “two each” or “by twos.”

Bin– is related to the combining form bi and is used with some words or word elements beginning with vowels. These two forms have similar origins, and for that reason, the difference between the two is a small yet important nuance: bin– tends to mean “double,” while bi– often means “twice.” Want to know more? Read our Words That Use bi– article.

Examples of bin-

One example of a term that features the combining form bin– is binoculars, “an optical instrument for use with both eyes, consisting of two small telescopes joined together.”

The first portion of the word, bin-, means “two.” But what about the second half of the word? Ocular has various meanings, including “eyepiece,” a term for the lens or combination of lenses in an optical instrument. Binoculars literally translates to “two eyepieces.”

What are some words that use the combining form bin-?

What are some other forms that bin– may be commonly confused with?

Not every word that begins with the exact letters bin– uses the combining form bin– to denote “two.” Nouns such as bindle and bind appear on the surface to include bin-, but the similarity is a coincidence. Nor is bin– related to bin, as in a “box” or “container.” Learn the origins of these closely bound words at their respective entries.

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The word aural means “of or relating to the ear.” With this in mind, what does binaural mean?

How to use bin in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for bin (1 of 2)

bin
/ (bɪn) /

noun
a large container or enclosed space for storing something in bulk, such as coal, grain, or wool
Also called: bread bin a small container for bread
Also called: dustbin, rubbish bin a container for litter, rubbish, etc
British
  1. a storage place for bottled wine
  2. one particular bottling of wine
verb bins, binning or binned
(tr) to store in a bin
(tr) to put in a wastepaper bin

Word Origin for bin

Old English binne basket, probably of Celtic origin; related to bindan to bind

British Dictionary definitions for bin (2 of 2)

bin-

prefix
a variant, esp before a vowel, of bi- 1 binocular
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